WR 136 - the Star behind the Crescent Nebula

WR 136 created this web of luminous material during the late stages of its life. As a bloated, red super-giant, WR 136 gently puffed away some of its bulk, which settled around it. When the star passed from a super-giant to a Wolf-Rayet, it developed a fierce stellar wind - a stream of charged particles released from its surface - and began expelling mass at a furious rate.


Brian D. Moore, Jeff Hester, Paul Scowen, Reginald Dufour and NASA/ESA

About the Image

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Release date:13 July 2000, 07:00
Size:2217 x 2217 px

About the Object

Name:Crescent Nebula, IRAS 20102+3812, WR 136
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Type : Wolf-Rayet

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Position (RA):20 12 14.45
Position (Dec):38° 24' 0.23"
Field of view:16.01 x 16.01 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.7° right of vertical

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